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Red Hat opens innovation lab in Singapore

Besides getting a taste of Red Hat’s open culture, APAC organisations can develop applications to solve business problems through a residency programme at the new lab

Red Hat has opened the doors to its open innovation lab in Singapore, underscoring the open source software giant’s focus on the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region in its growth strategy.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Red Hat’s revenues from APAC grew by 18% year-on-year at constant currency rates, accounting for 14% of the company’s total revenues.

Red Hat said its APAC open innovation lab, which comes on the heels of similar facilities in Boston and London, will help let enterprises test and use Red Hat’s technology including containers and microservices to develop applications and solve business problems through a one- to three-month residency programme.

Participants will also have the chance to be immersed in Red Hat’s culture and get immediate and direct experience with the principles and open culture that underlie many open source communities.

John Allesio, Red Hat’s vice-president for global services, added that through the lab, enterprises will also get one-year subscriptions to Red Hat training courses, as well as learn more about the company’s product roadmaps.

One organisation that has made use of Red Hat’s innovation lab in London is Motability Operations, which runs a scheme for people with disabilities in the UK to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

Julian Austin, Motability’s IT development manager, said the lab has enabled the organisation to conduct a proof-of-concept for Red Hat’s OpenShift Open Container Platform on Amazon Web Services.

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice-president and general manager at Red Hat Asia-Pacific, hopes to replicate similar engagements at the Singapore lab.

“Businesses across Asia-Pacific are innovating, while many companies are using digital technologies to create greater value and a better customer experience,” van Leeuwen said. “We recognise their needs to fuel faster innovation and are excited to bring Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to this region.”

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